When did you start Pilates and what inspired you to start? I joined Rivercity Pilates at the end of summer. I came for the Yoga and stayed for the Yoga AND Pilates! I wanted more Yoga in my life to compliment the cycling that I do. After taking some Pilates classes, I realized that both Pilates and Yoga would help with strength and stretching and general overall health.
How often do you practice Pilates and what type of sessions or classes have you been doing? I do about two Yoga classes and two Pilates mat classes each week. I’ve recently started taking the beginner reformer classes as well.
What benefits or improvements have you noticed in your body and life from doing Pilates? Both Yoga and Pilates have helped build some core strength and flexibility. I wasn’t getting that on a bike and my back feels so much better. From cycling I had very tight quads and calves, which contributed to some knee pain and plantar fasciitis issues. Yoga and Pilates have helped me stretch out those muscles and work on overall leg strength.
Do you have a favorite exercise or piece of equipment (or both)? I love the whole mat sequence. I don’t have a favorite exercise, but I am looking forward to improving my teaser! It’s still a big challenge for me.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about doing Pilates? Do it! Everyone can benefit from Pilates and it is truly for every body! Rivercity Pilates is very welcoming and a perfect place to give it a try.